A blogger’s meet is always a great experience, especially when you get to meet heavyweights of the blogging industry like Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress and Om Malik, an influential writer. A few days ago, I attended a blogger’s meet organized by Amit Agarwal, which was a great experience. From my previous experience, I have learned that one should not miss any opportunity of attending any blogger’s meet.
Here are a few somethings from the blogger’s meet:
The meeting starts with the keynote of Priyanka, popularly known as the Twilight Fairy. The speech by Om Malik is quite magical; he is a true Indian at heart despite living in the USA for the last 18 years. He was so excited to see the great response to blogging in India.
After Om Malik’s speech, Shreyas talked about how to enhance the power of WordPress to create a radio site. How he is intelligently using two databases on a single WP installation was also quite impressive.
The agenda mentioned Abhijeet Mukherjee talking about how to get started after installing WordPress. At first, I thought maybe I don’t need to know much there, but I was wrong.
Abhijeet’s speech delivery was excellent, and the way he talked about the necessary steps to take after installing WordPress will help new users for sure. If you don’t know about Jeet yet, you should have a look at his profile.
Then comes the man who we owe the most to, for the valuable and priceless gift he has given to us in the form of WordPress.
Matt Mullenweg, a man whose modesty will make you think if he is the same guy who changed the face of blogging.
Matt spoke about how he made WordPress a reality. He developed WordPress for his need, and never realized that it would change his life in such fashion and in such a short span of time. The best thing about Matt, however, is his modesty.
Next session was about SEO.
- Importance of proper categories for better SEO
- Adding Alt tag into Images: SEO
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After the SEO session, Amit Agarwal from labnol.org took over the stage to present on AdSense optimization. The Ad optimization guide by Amit Agarwal was excellent, and he covered all the critical aspects of AdSense optimization.
Some important points:
- Do not use borders in your AdSense
- The highest paying AdSense block sizes are: 300*250 and 160*600
- If you get lots of traffic from social media, you should consider using image-based advertisement rather than link or text-based.
I would instead write a detailed article on Amit’s Adsense optimization guide. Meanwhile, you can refer to my previous articles on:
- Tips to Increase your Google AdSense revenue
- What is CTR in Google AdSense
- Maximum number of AdSense unit on a single page
There was a small quiz, which was followed by an open house discussion with Om Malik and Matt.
The open session was the end of the first day of WordCamp. I feel lucky to have been part of such a historical event. This was the first WordCamp ever organized in India.
If you have missed the WordCamp, I would suggest keeping track of Twitter because we were twittering about every little update. You can catch me live on Twitter @ShoutMeLoud.
If you were a part of this event, feel free to share your experience with us.
6 thoughts on “India’s First WordCamp With Matt Mullenweg And Om Malik [Feb 21, 2009]”
Hey, I just saw your reply comment to Nicholas. Its getting better, I’m in Bangalore!! I’m already following you on Twitter and Facebook. but don’t forget to update about Bloggers meet in Bangalore via posting. Coz I can’t afford to miss it. I hope I can also see you here in Bangalore. LOL
Hey Great man you’ve got a shot together with Matt “The Star icon on the Web” Yeah you are really lucky and I feel lucky that I know you.
Hey harsh you said it right Matt is modest and he is down to earth “likeable” you’ll be inspired if you watch the 1 hr long video from “Matt Mullenweg: State of the Word 2010” http://wordpress.tv/2010/05/12/sotw2010/
Matt has changed the life of millions of Bloggers, if he didn’t present WordPress, then Blogging and internet wouldn’t be like how it was now.
hey I have to mention about harsh too, he yeah you are modest too.. You don’t ignore comments you get, I’ve seen you keeping a friendly conversation with other fellow bloggers and eespecially with me.
I would thank Matt from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom.
I wish this takes place in my hometown Bangalore, I would have definitely been a part of it, unfortunately they are not doing it here:-(
I think there is a blogger meet going to take place in Bangalore soon.
I will update you about it soon.
Thanks for this post. I missed the camp and want to know about the happenings of the event.
Waiting for more posts on this event..
Sure we will keep you updated with the latest happening. Join me on twitter for the latest buzz.